THE recent appointments at Durham Cricket Club, with the apparent Australian take-over gives rise to concern.

Is the Emirates due to become the next state of Australia with its major benefactor Simon Henig becoming Governor?

This is a crucial season for the game of cricket but the naming of Cameron Bancroft as skipper of Durham is a massive mistake.

Give him another chance as a player, but not as captain.

The report that no one else wanted the job displays a worrying lack of ambition within the team. In my cricket experience, everyone in the team wanted to be captain.

Henry McLaren, Brancepeth